(READ MY POST ENTITILED " Yahoo Music Unlimited… And That’s It???" )
If something goes down @ Yahoo w/ YMU, then please Sandisk, please restructure the wireless portion of the Sansa Connects’ firmware for Rhapsody!!!
Here’s a blog on News.com discussing the issue aswell (links on YMU gone etc):
I think ultimately the DRM based online music stores are going to come down to:
iTunes (Of course)
Wal-Mart Music Downloads (The most recognized retailer with the best in-store advertising.)
Real Rhapsody (Been around forever and has Verizon/Best Buy/MTV and more in their corner.)
Napster (Though, they have been known to be looking for someone to buy them.)
Zune Marketplace (Microsoft has $$$ to burn…)
I think everyone else with go by the wayside, even Yahoo. I don’t think they can continue with their cheaper subscription prices, in the first place. There aren’t that many PlayForSure partners left… Wal-Mart, Napster, Rhapsody, Yahoo Music Unlimited and F.Y.E Digital Downloads.
Amazon.com will launch DRM-Free AND there is always e-Music, but neither will ever be subscription based with every label, less they use DRM.
I want subscription based services to continue, but I think it’s eventually gonna come down to a branded combination DAP/Music Store. No one can seem to find any formula, beyond that. Apple succeeds because of 1 Music/Movie Store guaranteeing compatibility with 1 line of devices, nothing more… I think multiple companies can market any player they wish, as long as they guarantee compatibility with only ONE music/movie store. iRiver & Sandisk can make Rhapsody compatible players and probably succeed, as long as they work seamlessly with Rhapsody and Rhapsody only. Yes, iPods are easy to use, but most manufacturers are coming just as close… Unfortunately, I think subscription services, and the fact that there are multiple services there-in, scare/overwhelm some people. People don’t understand DRM technology, therefore Apple made it simple: iPod + iTunes + Purchase Only = Seamless.
Unfortunately, people don’t like renting music. Maybe the ability to wirelessly/instantly download music via WiFi to DAP will increase subscription popularity in the future.
Now Apple going into rental movie downloads, but it’s still iTunes and it’s still the iPod, nothing more… People have been renting movies for years. People may be willing to rent for their iPods now???
Sony CONNECT’s music service (though it was an integrated ecosystem, like iTunes/iPod) didn’t work because Sony didn’t work with Sony. Yeah nobody liked ATRAC3 and SonicStage, but ultimately Sony is responsible for Sony CONNECT failing. Numerous Sony divisions never worked together, nor did they barely know about CONNECT, or what CONNECT was. Sony Ericsson never wanted to support CONNECT or ATRAC3. SCEA customer care barely knew what CONNECT was when I’d call them. Everytime I’d mention MagicGate, they’d think I’m talking about Memory Sticks, themselves, not the DRM scheme on Memory Sticks. Sony’s customer support was very ill-educated about Sony’s own technologies when it came to DRM. So that’s why Sony failed to compete against iTunes. Now, Sony is a WMA/PlayForSure Napster supporter… HA HA!!!
Message Edited by bigcraig01 on 09-14-2007 11:57 AM